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Shop Like a Tastemaker with Sarah Grossman

The creative force behind the San Diego Museum of Art's annual Art Alive event shares her favorite things


Age: 34

Neighborhood: Fletcher Hills

Current Job: Associate Director of Special Events and Corporate Relations at the San Diego Museum of Art

Background: An artist herself since a young age, Grossman painted a career in event coordination out of her childhood hobby. Among other large-scale soirées for SDMA, she organizes the museum’s annual floral exhibit Art Alive, happening April 26–29. Find inspiration in her day-to-day at polychrome.blog.

Fashion Philosophy: “You only live once. Wear what you love!”

Personal Style: “Bold and eclectic with sleek, high-fashion design details. I also like statement pieces for everyday, not just special occasions, and to incorporate unique vintage finds.”


Her Picks:

“I love to add enamel pins to my coats and jackets. I shop for them mostly at Pigment in North Park. Their selections, like this enamel pin in pink rose, are festive and tongue-in-cheek.”


Illamasqua matte lipstick is not drying or cakey and stays on for hours, making it perfect for events. Plus, the rich colors are to die for.”


“I like a bold look in the gym just as much as I do on the street. I recently found Target’s new athletic line JoyLab. It has great designs without breaking-the-bank prices, like these high-rise shine leggings.”


“I collect vintage and unique barware and glassware. A mule is one of my go-to at-home concoctions, so I’m currently in love with my iridescent Moscow mule mug by Blush.”


“I change up my sunglasses daily and Quay Australia has become my brand du jour. Their Kitti frame with an updated cat eye and mirrored lens is one of my favorites.”


Alexander Wang is my No. 1 designer. Bold bodysuits with unique high-waist pants have become my uniform, and he has come up with an impressive range of bodysuits I find perfect for everyday life.”


Miss Dior is one of my standby fragrances for evening events. It’s sweet yet spicy.”


“I’m a huge fan of shopping off-season, as I get some of the best deals that way. I’m thinking about summer already and am completely obsessed with Mara Hoffman swimwear right now. I love the bold, colorful patterns and the sexy yet flattering cuts.”


Nars blush in Orgasm—it’s been a fan favorite for a long time—is just the best blush color I’ve ever used.”


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